Here’s How to Style All Those Vintage Mirrors You Keep Thrifting

Here’s How to Style All Those Vintage Mirrors You Keep Thrifting

If you’ve ever been thrifting, then you’ve probably felt the urge to buy some items that you had zero space for in your home. Vintage mirrors are definitely one of those things. While these mirrors are unique in shape and style, once you have them on all of your open wall space, it can get trickier to find a place for them. The good news is, there’s actually a pretty simple way for you to display all the mirrors you want to take home — without even having to hang them.

Frances Berry Moreno is an artist who lives in a fun and colorful 985-square-foot apartment in Memphis with her husband. Moreno considers the style of their home to be “bright, eclectic, unpretentious, unexpected, and playful.” It’s filled with art, collectables, and unique prints all over the walls — and every horizontal surface too!

“Most of the art on the walls is mine,” Moreno says. As an added bonus, her husband is a commercial diver so he’s always finding cool things underwater to add to their home. “Scattered throughout the house are a number of collections including dozens of ceramic hands and rocks and other treasures my husband brings back from the bottom of whatever body of water he dives in,” she adds.

Moreno has embraced a maximalist design style and finds all sorts of unique places to display her decor and collectables around the house. The landing of her staircase is a perfect example.

If you look closely at the ledge beneath the window, you’ll see at least three different mirrors layered on top of each other, leaning against the wall. A lot of times, when people buy mirrors the go-to move is to find a wall to hang it on. Moreno didn’t go the traditional route, and it created a space for her to display not one, but three mirrors that she loves. If you find yourself with mirrors you can’t live without but don’t know where to put them, this might be your solution.

Moreno’s biggest piece of advice on creating a home that you love is not to worry about what other people do or have in their spaces. “Your home is for you, not other people,” she says. So buy as many vintage mirrors or fun thrifted finds as you like. There’s always a way to style them later.

Savannah West

Home Assistant Editor

Savannah is Assistant Editor for the Home Team at Apartment Therapy. When she’s not writing about style tips, product launches, or interviewing designers, you can catch her re-watching Gossip Girl or on Facetime with her grandma. Savannah is a proud HBCU graduate and Clark Atlanta University alumna who believes there’s nothing good food can’t fix.

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The Surprising Place You Can Find Tons of Vintage Pyrex

The Surprising Place You Can Find Tons of Vintage Pyrex

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Before nonstick revolutionized home cooking, Pyrex was the leading brand in bakeware and cookware. Their colorful casserole dishes with matching lids and eclectic kitchenware were the staple of so many homes through the mid-to-late ’90s. Today, the brand is mostly known for their durable glass food storage containers, measuring cups, and mixing bowls, but those discontinued patterns and pieces are highly sought out by collectors and cooks alike. While true vintage Pyrex can be hard to come by, we found a secret stash of some of their rare pieces at an unexpected place: Etsy! Fair warning, the stock is very limited, so if you see something you like (or something a friend or loved one might want), act fast before it gets scooped up! See some of our top picks below.

A 590-Square-Foot Spanish Home Feels Much Larger Thanks to a Dreamy Terrace

A 590-Square-Foot Spanish Home Feels Much Larger Thanks to a Dreamy Terrace

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Name: Stefania Talento and Andreu Font
Location: Gràcia Neighborhood⁠ — Barcelona, Spain
Size: 590 square feet + 320 square feet for the terrace
Years lived in: 4 years, renting

Stefania and Andreu are the co-founders of In and Out Barcelona, a blog where they share their favorite spots to eat and drink and their favorite things to do in and out of the city. A clearly adventurous couple with a passion for good food and drinks, the small home they share in Barcelona’s Gracia neighborhood reflects their vibrant personalities.

They found their home ⁠— a compact 590-square-foot spot ⁠— after hunting for two months. Despite some uninspiring photos on the real estate listing, the home impressed them on first sight: there was a large living room, big terrace, and great location. When it came to furnishing the space, they were looking to avoid “fast furniture” and the negative impact it can have on the environment, instead choosing secondhand items and restyling what they already have versus buying too many things online or from Big Box stores. The result isn’t just a more sustainably decorated home ⁠— it’s a one-of-kind looking space, too.

The couple are also co-founders of In and Out Studio, where they take care of social media strategy and content curation of international clients. And though the couple travels and goes out for work and play, they also love staying home to recharge, too, listening to vinyl records, gardening, and more. They also love sharing their home with friends, having people over for a meal on their beautiful, sunny, plant-filled terrace.

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My Style: The style of our apartment reflects our personalities: On one hand we love minimalistic and clean lines (Bauhaus style), but on the other hand we are colorful and vibrant people, who have a special attraction to objects with a story to tell. So we have transferred our essence into some furniture that won’t ever be old-fashioned, a lot of secondhand objects and furniture found in the street or bought during our travels. Also the tableware is mostly secondhand or bought from artisans of our hometown countries (Italy and Portugal); it is beautiful, affordable, and really good quality.

Inspiration: Mid-century, Scandinavian Style, Space Age, Bauhaus, Mediterranean colors, and materials.

Favorite Element: I (Stefania) love my Italian Moka; the terrace (especially in the morning where there are some birds passing by); the light that comes in the living room around 5pm; the Marset Lamp; the sofa (which is extremely comfortable and handmade by Andreu’s uncle); a big blue and white plate I bought in my hometown, Puglia; a wooden dresser my friend Montse renovated; and the white carpet in the living room.

For me (Andreu) it’s not easy to choose an object or furniture, but I really love my dad’s Olympic posters from Barcelona ’92 and my recent secondhand purchase of yellow director chairs for the terrace.

Biggest Challenge: The biggest challenge is to stop ourselves from buying things for a house that is not ours and that eventually won’t fit in a new apartment. On one hand we do not want to feel really attached to our apartment, but on the other side we love decorating and creating our nest.

Proudest DIY: Stefania – I am not a handy person. I love decorating. But with the vacuum cleaner or the washing machine I am a pro.

Andreu – I recently repaired an old mid-century looking dresser, which we finally decided to keep in the guest room.

Is there something unique about your home or the way you use it? Don’t tell anyone, but before installing the zipper shelves and the new table, we used to have our shoes wardrobe in the living room due to the lack of space and closets in the house.

What are your favorite products you have bought for your home and why? We are really clean people so in our home you will always find a range of products to protect the wood, clean the windows, and avoid the quickline. But the cleaning product we love the most is vinegar; it is natural and it is really effective. From the vacuum cleaner to the Kitchenaid our philosophy is to buy less, and buy good things.

Please describe any helpful, inspiring, brilliant, or just plain useful small space maximizing and/or organizing tips you have: Stefania – My suggestion is buy only if you need something, in a house full of things beauty cannot shine, it changes into chaos.

Andreu – Apart from the non-accumulation policy Stefania says, multifunction furniture is key for small apartments. Stuff like stools or folding tables are the best advice if you want to have it all set and tidy when you don’t use it and to adapt to many situations (dinner with friends, need of a ladder, etc).

Does your home reflect your home country/city in any way? Stefania – I think it is a mix of our roots: Portugal and Italy when it comes to colors, materials and dishes, but it is also Scandinavian. There are many other details that take us back to our country, specially on the wall and table: a drawing from Fernando Pessoa (Portugal), Olympics posters from Barcelona, or Italian dinnerware.

Finally, what’s your absolute best home secret or decorating advice? When you move to a new place do not buy things compulsively. First live in the place, observe it, feel it yours, and then start decorating it.

We know good design is expensive, but sometimes it is better to have a good thing than a lot of things that will last just a few years. Buying consciously or secondhand or good materials is a way to build a better world.

Thanks Stefania and Andreu!

This submission’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.

Lula Poggi

Photographer and Interior Designer

Hi! My name is Lula Poggi.
I was born in Argentina but destiny got in the way and brought me to Barcelona, where I live with my small family.
I’m an interior designer, stylist and photographer.
I have been working mostly as an interior, food and kid’s fashion photographer.

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A Bright Barcelona Apartment Has an Extremely Cute (and Organized!) Pantry Idea

A Bright Barcelona Apartment Has an Extremely Cute (and Organized!) Pantry Idea

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Name: Kathleen Boonen, partner Jan Dönhardt, daughter, Lila, and son, Tom
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Size: 1615 square feet
Years lived in: 10 years, owned

Walking by this neighborhood in Barcelona one day, Kathleen Boonen’s partner, Jan, saw this apartment for sale. After looking at the apartment — located in a building built in the 1950s and located on a lovely street with lots of pedestrian activity — Jan went home and Kathleen that he’d found the home of their dreams!

The couple loved the silence, the light, and the views of the apartment — despite being in the center of the city the home is surrounded by trees. The whole place feels more like being in a nest than an apartment. But it didn’t look like it does now when they first moved in 10 years ago. Kathleen says they’ve completely changed the home’s room layout; for instance, where the living room is now was once an old kitchen.

Kathleen is the co-founder of Lila & Tom, a fashion advertising agency, and also works as a creative director there. She is also the co-founder of Las Insólitas, a creative event agency that produces sustainable events.

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My Style: I would say “flea market” style.

Inspiration: Our intuition

Favorite Element: The light and the view are the favorite things about our home.

Biggest Challenge: The biggest challenge was to live in the place for a few years before being able to afford the transformation.

Right from the beginning we saw the potential of the place but we didn’t really had the money at that time to do the renovation. At the end, it was a good thing to get to know the place and to transform it knowing exactly when and where the light enters and according to our family habits.

Proudest DIY: A lamp for my son’s bedroom made from an old camera that I found at a French garage sale. The socket is from a hardware store in San Francisco (when I travel abroad I love to go to that kind of stores!).

Is there something unique about your home or the way you use it? When we came to live here the apartment was completely different! On the second floor the kitchen was were the living room is now. We have changed the room distribution. Now we have a big space with no walls and it really seems that we are in a different place than in the middle of a busy city like Barcelona!

Please describe any helpful, inspiring, brilliant, or just plain useful small space maximizing and/or organizing tips you have: As our kitchen is in an open space, we didn’t want it to look too much like a conventional kitchen, so we installed a horizontal fridge that is hidden in the drawers beneath the kitchen’s countertop. Also we didn’t want to have high cupboards so we managed to find an old candy display in order to store rice, pasta, cereals that we put on top of an old baby changing furniture piece that we transformed into a cabinet.

Does your home reflect your home country/city in any way? Our home reflects Mediterranean vibes. With its terrace, it feels like a summer holiday house.

What are your favorite places to shop for home décor that can only be found in your country? My favorite places to shop are flea markets and Wallapop, a Spanish site to buy and sell secondhand stuff.

Finally, what’s your absolute best home secret or decorating advice? My decorating advice would be to follow your instinct, your taste, and to listen to the place. At the end your home is a reflection of yourself.

This submission’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.

Lula Poggi

Photographer and Interior Designer

Hi! My name is Lula Poggi.
I was born in Argentina but destiny got in the way and brought me to Barcelona, where I live with my small family.
I’m an interior designer, stylist and photographer.
I have been working mostly as an interior, food and kid’s fashion photographer.

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The Surprising Place to Shop for Vintage Home Decor

The Surprising Place to Shop for Vintage Home Decor

Britt Franklin

Assistant Shopping Editor

Britt is a stargazer and sunrise-chaser with a collection of magic erasers, and a fascination with the fantastic. A storyteller at heart, she finds inspiration in all the small things, and can likely be found singing show tunes, catching up on K-dramas, or going on adventures to satiate her natural-born wanderlust. (Sometimes even all at the same time.)

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